"It takes a village," Angela Olszewski, chair of Arlington Committee on Tourism and Economic Development (ATED), told about 50 people gathered Saturday, Sept. 13, at Uncle Sam Plaza, before opening the center with Jennifer Tripp of the Chamber of Commerce. "This was truly a community effort."
ATED's aim, and the center's, is to rescue Menotomy from the dustbin of history -- and from Longfellow's poem "Paul Revere's Ride."
That poem, emphasizing the role of the galloping silversmith above parts played by two other riders, gave Lexington and Concord its patriotic due, but leaves out Arlington, then known as Menotomy.
Now a visitor center, hard by where the Minuteman Bikeway runs smack into Mystic Street, provides central location to learn about all the town has to offer.
Those at the center will "welcome visitors to Arlington and promote our cultural resources, restaurants and businesses," Olszewski wrote in response to queries from YourArlington. "Our location is especially attractive to people on the bike path. We would also like to act as an information source for new and current residents."
ATED hopes the center will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, based on the availability of volunteers and weather conditions, from spring until fall.
Talk about having a center began a couple of years ago, she wrote. Those involved tested sites a tent and a Town Day-like table at some locations.
Construction began in June and was delayed after handicapped access was required. Electricity was hooked up the week before.
Selectmen Joseph Curro Jr. introduced Olszewski, noting the center was "a long time coming." She said Curro was referring to the fact that Town Meeting approved the project in 2013.
The center was constructed according to a Town Meeting-approved budget of $25,000. Local businesses and individuals made donations to help furnish and equip the center.
"We encourage residents to stop by and also sign up to volunteer by contacting the same email address," she wrote.
Other enhancements to the center are sought, such as a bike rack, ceiling fan and outdoor bulletin board.
Among those thanks at the opening were the Board of Selectmen (Curro and Diane Mahon read a proclamation with audience participation); the Finance Committee, Town Meeting, Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine; DPW Director Mike Rademacher, who suggested the wooden walkway; Precinct 6 Town Meeting member Andrew Fischer, who built it; Watertown Community Trust, Mirak Properties, the Chamber of Commerce and the Capitol Square Business Association.
Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) rolls out the festivities Sept. 16 in a gala celebration of 17 outstanding community volunteers who embody the spirit of the landmark Economic Opportunity Act, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Among them is Arlington’s Michael Baker, to be honored by ABCD Jamaica Plain/Boston Hispanic Center as volunteer of the year. Baker serves as the district affairs director for state Representative Jeffrey Sanchez, Democrat of the 15th Middlesex District.
Baker is committed to connecting youth and families to ABCD programs to make sure the residents understand that their well-being is a priority, a news release says. By connecting the dozens of nonprofits in Jamaica Plain, he has helped smaller groups pool resources and strengthen the services they offer.
In a second attempt to fill the full-time head-of-assessments position, the Board of Assessors plans to interview three candidates starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17.
Three finalists, culled from six candidates, are Drew Manlove, assistant assessor, Worcester; Paul Tierney, deputy assessor, Winthrop; and Thomas J. Berube, chairman, Board of Assessors, Georgetown.
Caryn Cove, head of human resources, reported the names to YourArlington after the website requested the names of finalists Sept. 10.
Chief says further electronic gear seized in N.H.
UPDATED, Sept. 16: A New Hampshire man who is a 12-year Arlington town employee was arrested Saturday, Sept. 13, on charges he placed a video camera in the women's restroom of the Kickstand Cafe.
Joseph B. Hennessey, 53, of Salem, N.H., was arrested at the scene and charged with disturbing the peace and photographing an unsuspecting nude person. He was held without bail at the Arlington Police Department before his arraignment Monday, Sept. 15, in Cambridge District Court, Medford. He was held on $1,000 cash bail and ordered to stay out of Arlington. The case was continued to Oct. 14 for conference.
Aiming to improve on last year's 9-2, league-championship record, Arlington High School topped Somerville, 34-20, in its first game with help from Nick Rose and Tom Houston.
"We're very happy to get the first one in the win column," head coach John Dubzinski wrote in an email Monday, Sept. 15. "I thought we were very prepared to handle Somerville's offense and defense.
"I was very pleased with the play of our defense. They came out and did a great job attacking and getting pressure on the quarterbacks and running backs all game long."
Leading the defense were Kyle Coleman (4 sacks, 8 tackles and 2 forced fumbles), Kenny Wallace (3 sacks) and Rose (defensive touchdown and several tackles).
The Arlington High School boys' cross-country team displayed focus and determination Tuesday, Sept. 9, their first meet of the season, resulting in a victory over Wilmington.
Arlington won, 16 to 42, on a 2.8-mile course in Wilmington. Arlington was led by junior captain Andrew Peterson and junior Nate Werst, finishing with results of 16:03 and 16:10, respectively, and placing first and second overall.
Other top finishers from Arlington included senior Joe Hazelton, finishing third with a time of 16:41, and Senior Andrew Lindheim, who finished fourth at 16:42.